Brazil again this year

by Joseph Yoder on November 9, 2014

Like my other trips to Brazil, I come for work and enjoy myself of the food, culture, and friends. This past week I’ve been charmed and honored while meeting with some Agile folks at Objective. I was in Maringa talking about Sustainable Architecture and Pragmatic TDD. I traveled back to Sao Paolo to talk with Vagas about the Ultimate in Agility: Let your users do the work! — “The Adaptive Object-Model Architecture.”

TAgile Brazil Keynotehe biggest honor of the trip was being asking to present the keynote address at Agile Brazil. Originally, I was only attending to give an Invited Talk, but one thing led to another and I was up on the podium talking about “Taming Big Balls of Mud with Agile, Dilegence, and hard work.” I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to share my experience with an awesome audience.

This trip has so much going on. The Agile Brazil conference was only the middle of the excursion. I continue the journey by visiting the 10th SugarLoaf PLoP in Ila Bela. I’m excited that Ralph Johnson will also be attending this conference as part of the 20th anniversary of the GoF.

To wrap the trip, I’ll be returning to Sao Paulo and giving a tech talk at UOL on Refactoring and Clean Code.

Brazil continues to be one of my favorite countries to visit. I’ve enjoyed each visit and am excited to meet new friends along the way.



JDD in Poland

by Joseph Yoder on November 4, 2014

Back at the beginning of October, I visited Poland for the JDD conference. JDD touts itself as the Java enthusiast conference. I’ve attended in the past and was excited to return. This year I gave a talk entitled, “QA TO QA: SHIFTING FROM QUALITY ASSURANCE TO AGILE QUALITY.” I also hosted a workshop entitled, “REFACTORING AND CLEAN CODE.” I received favorable comments afterward, met a lot of Java enthusiasts, and had a good time at the conference.

I like to do sight-seeing and meet with some friends wherever I travel these days. Poland was no exception. While there I visited Auschwitz, which was a departure from the more uplifting destinations I’ve visited in the past. It’s a trip that left me feeling depressed and sad that humans could treat other humans in such a way. It gave me a unique perspective on the disturbing history of the place.

After Auschwitz, I traveled to Stockholm to visit with some old and new friends. I met with Woody Zull who I collaborated with on his Agile Report on Mob Programming. Woody invited me to participate in talks at H&M (large clothing place) on Sustainable Architecture and we also went to Spotify where we talked to some Agile coaches about Mob Programming.

Spotify operates out of a very cool office. They clearly know how to keep developers happy.

When I arrived back in Urbana, I left almost immediately after for Portland, Oregon and the SPLASH conference, where I did a tutorial on Shifting from Quality Assurance to Agile Quality. Next year’s PLoP conference will be held in conjunction with Splash in Pittsburgh, so if you’ve ever wanted to attend either conference, you’ll have a chance to go to both with one trip.

Returning to the Land of the Agile Sun

August 30, 2014

This past February I went to Japan for the AsianPLoP conference and toured around with a colleague. During this time we gave a tech talk to Rakuten.  I am doing a follow-up and teaching a course at Rakuten on Test Driven Development (TDD) and Refactoring.  I also plan on doing some sight seeing and visiting with some old and […]

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Back to Brazil

August 10, 2014

Once again, I’m returning to Brazil. This time I am teaching a Test Driven Development and Refactoring course for Teams that Innovate. As usual, I’m excited to be making the trip and I look forward to taking some time to catch up with some old friends and to make some new ones! I’m also looking […]

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Again at Agile PT #agilept

June 5, 2014

I’ve taken to the skies again. This time I’ve crossed the pond to visit beautiful Portugal for the Agile PT conference. I’ve attended in the past and am excited to visit again. Of course, I’m also looking forward to hanging with Ademar and others that I’ve gotten to know through the years. At this Agile […]

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Taking it to ScrumPLoP

May 17, 2014

ScrumPLoP is happening on May 24th and yours truly will be heading to Denmark to attend. Now this isn’t the first ScrumPLoP. There’s actually been five others before it. I’ve never had the chance to attend, but made an effort to get out there this year. I’m equally excited because I’ll be hanging with Ademar, […]

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Land of the Agile Sun

February 27, 2014

It’s been over two years since my last trip to Japan. I’m excited to be visiting the country once again and looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues there. I’ll be arriving in Tokyo on the 27th. The next day, I will be travelling by bullet train, either Tokaido Shinkansen or possibly the Nozomi […]

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Return to Porto

November 22, 2013

What better way to bring an end to the year than by returning to beautiful Porto, Portugal. During this trip, I’ll be saying Olá to my friend and colleague Ademar Aguiar (along with others). He has asked me to come out to help work on an Adaptive Object Model project. I look forward to working […]

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Celebrating the 20th PLoP

November 4, 2013

  This year marked the 20th Pattern Languages of Programs conference. We celebrated this special event by returning to our roots at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois where the conference first began. This year’s conference bridged the gap between newcomers with great ideas and some old friends who have been with us from the beginning. […]

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Cosmic Mud Ball Comes Full Circle: PLoP PLoP, Fizz Fizz, Oh what a Relief it is!!!

October 23, 2013

As the Cosmic Mud Tour comes to a close, it’s a relief to PLoP down home again (fizz fizz). And how fitting that the tour ends up where it all began, at the Pattern Languages of Programming conference hosted by The Hillside Group at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois. The Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP™) […]

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